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Women’s Rights and Childhood Poverty

Just when the Supreme Court is apparently preparing to do away with women’s constitutional right to abortion, the federal government is phasing out pandemic-era policies to reduce childhood poverty. That leaves progressive state governments as the last defenders of basic rights and American families.

BERKELEY – Judging by the leaked draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the US Supreme Court seems poised to abolish the half-century-old federally protected constitutional right to abortion. This ruling would be a direct federal attack on women and their right to control their bodies and their decisions about whether and when to have children, with adverse ripple effects on their education, earnings, and life outcomes and those of their children.